Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! Muhammad Ali was known for his confidence, which was often mistaken as arrogance. A young Muhammad Ali lived in the 50’s 60’s and 70’s which is known to many as the civil rights movement. Many African Americans were fighting for rights that many other races already had; such as sitting in front on a bus, voting, going to the same school as whites, getting the same pay, dealing with police brutality, burning of churches, hanging of African Americans, and many other problems that plagued America at that time. Television was a fairly new thing when Ali began his boxing career, so every time he was on television it was like he had a message for African Americans during this harsh time in America. But the message that Muhammad Ali had many years ago is still relevant today for EVERYONE.
“I don’t count the sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count. That’s what makes you a champion.”
Successful people do things that many others will not do. There aren’t many people that go to the gym with this mindset. Everyone’s body is different. Just like people have to eat a different amount of calories the same go for building muscle.
“It isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you down. It’s the pebble in your shoe.”
Don’t worry about the problem you see as being your biggest obstacles, worry about the smaller obstacles. For example, a young man want to get huge so that he can compete for Mr. Olympia, but he’s small 150lbs and in high school. This young man becomes discouraged and don’t think he will ever be able to compete because he is so small, and have been lifting for three months. This mind set can scare you away from your goals that are completely attainable. The young man I spoke of should set small goals that will lead him to his ultimate goal. For example, this young man have to make sure he have the right diet, then he should make sure he is training correctly. He should also build up his weight at a comfortable level (not lifting too heavy to show off or snap something). Just simply taking things day by day he will be able to conquer the mountain.
“The will must be stronger than the skill.”
You have to believe in yourself. Sure anyone can lift weights, but if you have PR’s to set, your going to have to have some will. You will have to look at yourself in the mirror before you squat weight that’s heavier than you, run further than you ever have, and just BELIEVE.
“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I was really the greatest.”
Even if you’re unsure of yourself, you must speak your success. Speaking your success is almost like the study that proved that if you’re in a bad mood and smile anyway you will then be in a better mood. Some people have to trick themselves into believing they can be successful at something. In turn believing in it will make your mind and body go further. If you really and truly believe in something, you can make other people believe in it also. This is how Ali won a lot of fights. He proclaimed himself as the greatest and told everyone that he will not lose. He talked so much about winning and being the best, before the fight started he was already inside of his opponent head,(they believed him too).
“Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
This quote pretty much sums up Ali’s life. Although Ali was a boxer, he was an activist, and actually a humble man. He wanted people to believe in themselves. This quote is not just for himself. Ali wanted everyone to believe this. Whether you want to lose weight, get bigger/stronger, or perform great as an athlete, nothing is impossible. If you think your goals are impossible than you fail yourself, and this world from knowing your greatness. YOU CAN DO IT!
The Five Best Muhammad Ali Quotes To Live By
1.“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”
2. “Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”
3.“If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”
4. “A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
5.“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”